On June 25–28, 2018, Humanities Texas partnered with Southern Methodist University to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers covering U.S. history during the Gilded Age.
The institute covered American history during the late nineteenth century, focusing on topics central to the state’s U.S. history curriculum, including the legacy of Reconstruction; presidential politics; capitalism and the rise of big business; Native Americans and U.S. Indian policy; immigration and the immigrant experience; the labor movement; industrialization; the emergence of Jim Crow; scientific, technological, and medical innovation during the Gilded Age; populism and the agricultural revolution; art and literature of the era; women in public life; American imperialism; and significant Supreme Court decisions during the Gilded Age.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, delivered the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty also included Juliana Barr (Duke University); Heath Carter (Valparaiso University); Stacy Cordery (Iowa State University); Michele Elam (Stanford University); Charles Flanagan (The National Archives); Steven Hahn (New York University); Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University); Alan Kraut (American University); David Nasaw (CUNY); David M. Oshinsky (New York University); Jason Parker (Texas A&M University); Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College); and Elizabeth Bacon Eager and Joseph F. Kobylka of Southern Methodist University.
The institute took place at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from June 25–28, 2018. The schedule is available here.
The institute was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This program was part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.